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Announcements Archive: mid-2005 - 2006





11-10-2006 • New Judging Information available —

Attention Getter A new "Judging Information" section has been created on this site. Select it from the menu at the upper left. This new section includes a list of judges, and information on the Apprentice Adjudicator program as well as Adjudicator Certification information.


11-8-2006 • Bob Dunsire (1953 - 2006) —

Attention Getter Bob Dunsire, creator of the Bagpipe Web Directory and the BobDunsire.com bagpiping forums lost his valiant battle with cancer on Monday, November 6th at the age of 53. (Announcement at BobDunsire.com) We extend our condolences to his family and many, many friends.


10-5-2006 • AGM/Special Meeting Schedule Posted —

Attention Getter A detailed schedule of meetings and workshops for the November meeting is now available on the AGM page.


10-5-2006 • Judges List Updated —

Attention Getter The list of judges for 2006 has been updated. Please direct any questions to the Music Board.


10-17-2006 • Solo Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2006 have been updated for solos. New results include Dixon, Monterey, Longs Peak. The Highlands Ranch and Jackson still need to be updated. The Loch Lomond results are in the mail. Pleasanton is not ready for posting as the sheets did not have WUSPBA numbers, which prolongs processing. If you have any questions regarding solo results, please contact the Solo Registrar.


10-2-2006 • Proposed Bylaws Revised —

Attention Getter Proposed changes to the bylaws has been revised and are now available on the AGM page.



09-28-2006 • Proposed Bylaws Changed —

Attention Getter Proposed changes to the bylaws has been revised and are now available on the AGM page.



09-26-2006 • Band Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter Band results have been significantly updated.



09-22-2006 • Proposed Change to Band Contest Instructor Rule —

Attention Getter In preparation of the Special Meeting in November, text for a proposed band instructor rule change is now available on the AGM page.



09-19-2006 • Special Meeting Materials Now Available —

Attention Getter In preparation of the Special Meeting in November, several items have been compiled: Duties of offices up for election, Proposed bylaws changes, and Drum Major "Champions of Champions" committee proposal. These are now available on the AGM page.



09-14-2006 • Judges List Updated —

Attention Getter The list of judges for 2006 has been updated. Please direct any questions to the Music Board.


09-12-2006 • Special Meeting Date Corrected —

Attention Getter Special Meeting/AGM will be November 10-12, 2006, not from the 9th as previously posted. Also Ken Sutherland has been added as a presenter at the meeting.


09-6-2006 • Special Meeting Details Announced —

Attention Getter Special Meeting/AGM, November 10-12, 2006

Clarion Hotel and Suites Emerald Springs, 325 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. $89 both singles and doubles. Call the hotel directly at 702-732-9100. Be sure to say you are attending the WUSPBA meeting. Reservations must be made by October 9. The hotel has a shuttle from the airport.

Games sponsor meeting starts at 7:00 pm Friday.
Special Meeting/AGM begins at 9:00 am on Saturday.
Workshops will start Saturday afternoon and be finished by noon on Sunday.

Workshop presenters:
BRUCE GANDY - 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band
KEN SUTHERLAND - Prince Charles Pipe Band
DUNCAN MILLAR - Simon Fraser University Pipe Band
DAVEY McADAM - Prince Charles Grade I PB
LIZA McADAM - Prince Charles Grade I PB

Click on "Annual General Meeting" in the menu at the upper left for more information.



09-6-2006 • Solo Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2006 have been updated for solos through the Intermountain Highland Festival (8/27). If you have any questions regarding solo results, please contact the Solo Registrar.


08-31-2006 • Judges List Updated —

Attention Getter The list of judges for 2006 has been revised. Please direct any questions to the Music Board.


07-6-2006 • Games Sponsors need to file results —

Attention Getter So far the Band Registrar (Jeff Mann) only has results from the following games: Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games, Fort Collins Spring Indoor Bagpipe Competition, Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Gathering, Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival, Campbell Highland Games and Celtic Gathering, Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games. If you are involved with another past games that is not in the above list, please take action to provide band contest results.


6-9-2006 • Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2006 have been updated through Sterling (6/5). If you have any questions regarding results, please contact the Registrar.


6-6-2006 • WUSPBA Adjudicator Seminar and Exams. July 1, 2006. —

Attention Getter WUSPBA Adjudicator Seminar and Exams will be held on July 1, 2006 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) at the Vista Masonic Hall in Vista, CA. Exams will offered in: Band Piping & Solo Light Music Piping and also Band Drumming & Solo Drumming. Seminars will be given on: Piping Exam Preparation, Music Writing, Score Sheet Writing. Announcement with full details: [MS Word] or [PDF].


5-21-2006 • MAP Band Tunes Available for Download in PDF format also —

Attention Getter RSPBA MAP tunes for Grade IV bands planning to compete in Scotland are now available for download on our Music page in PDF format too. More information on the MAP program is available on our ANAPBA News page. (Thanks to Phil Lenihan for the file conversion!)


5-16-2006 • MAP Band Tunes Available for Download —

Attention Getter RSPBA MAP tunes for Grade IV bands planning to compete in Scotland are available for download on our Music page in GIF, BWW and MIDI formats. More information on the MAP program is available on our ANAPBA News page.


5-15-2006 • Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2006 have been updated and include Arizona Scottish (corrected) and Ft. Collins. If you have any questions regarding results, please contact the Registrar.


3-30-2006 • Special Meeting (AGM?) Set for November. —

Attention Getter The Executive Committee has called a Special Meeting of the Association for November 11, 2006. Reason: change the bylaws to change the date of the Annual General Meeting. Assuming the bylaws changes are passed, this November meeting will serve as an AGM, the second of 2006, and the February 2007 AGM will be canceled. See AGM page for more information. (Also available through the main menu at the upper left.)


3-29-2006 • RSPBA MAP Program Outline File Available. —

Attention Getter A PDF file which includes information about the MAP program for Grade IV bands planning to compete in Scotland is now available on our ANAPBA News page. (Also available through the main menu at the upper left.)


3-27-2006 • New Opt-in Notification System for WUSPBA News. —

Attention Getter Effective immediately we are using a new Yahoo! group, WUSPBA News, for instant notification of members of important WUSPBA news. You must register with this group to receive the posts (e-mails). Posts are made by WUSPBA officials only and no discussion is permitted. Notices will be posted here at WUSPBA.org as well as via this new system. For examples of news items, simply scroll down this page. Please see WUSPBA News for more information.


3-27-2006 • Reminder: Grade IV Band Instructor Rule takes effect. —

Attention Getter A reminder to all Grade IV WUSPBA bands: The new One Person, One Band instructor rule passed at the 2006 AGM goes into effect May 5, 2006.

From the Contest Rules, Part VII, h, ii: One Person, One Band: Grade IV bands may register, for the competition season, one piping instructor and one drumming instructor from within the WUSPBA who is also registered with another, higher-graded WUSPBA band. The instructor(s) shall not be permitted to make up the minimum number of pipers or drummers required for Grade IV competition. The instructor(s) may not play the lead side drum, bass, or act as Pipe Major in competition. A higher-grade band may have more than one piper or drummer who serve as instructors of Grade IV bands. (Takes effect 90 days from the AGM, on May 5, 2006.)


3-27-2006 • Words & Music Newsletter link e-mailed out. —

Attention Getter The link to the electronic version of the Spring WUSPBA newsletter was emailed over the weekend. If you signed up to receive it, but didn't get the email, please contact the Solo Registrar. The current issue is only available to current members of WUSPBA.


3-22-2006 • RSPBA 'MAP' Teleconference THIS Saturday! —
(See original 2-28-06 announcement below for more information.)

Attention Getter If you are interested in listening, contact your Branch board for the location in your branch. Bands going to Scotland this year are particularly encouraged to listen. We will try to tape the call and transfer to audio CD as well. Note: This is the pilot year for the program; we have been told it will change next year based on feedback from bands and judges.


3-22-2006 • New 2006 Bylaws and 2006 Contest Rules now available. —

Attention Getter The 2006 revisions of the association bylaws and contest rules have been prepared by Executive Secretary Lise Nelson.


3-19-2006 • AGM Minutes now available. —

Attention Getter Official Minutes of the 2006 AGM. Or available in PDF format (266K).


3-18-2006 • 2005 Season Final Results now available. —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2005 have been finalized. If you have any questions regarding results, please contact the Solo Registrar or the Band Registrar.


3-15-2006 • ANAPBA News updated —

Attention Getter Click on ANAPBA News in the menu to the upper left to see the President's Report and Music Initiatives Advisory Committee recommendations.


2-28-2006 • Grade IV Bands: ANAPBA/ RSPBA 'MAP' Conference Call, March 25 —

Attention Getter Attention all Grade IV bands traveling to Scotland to compete this year:
ANAPBA/ RSPBA CONFERENCE CALL MARCH 25
In 2006 the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association is instituting a new qualifier system, called MAP (Musical Appreciation Program) for Grade IV and V bands at the five major RSPBA championships. In order to help bands prepare for competition in Scotland this year, ANAPBA (Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations) is organizing a conference call with RSPBA. Each pipe band association in North America is invited to participate. WUSPBA is set up for one location in each branch.

The call is on Saturday, March 25. In WUSPBA, it will start at 10:00 AM Pacific time, 11:00 Mountain. It will last about 2.5 hours. Contact your Branch board for the location in your branch. If you are too far away to participate at that location, contact your branch board, or Jeff Mann at band-registrarsymbol for at signwuspbasymbol for periodorg. (Note: you must retype that e-mail address.) ANAPBA is covering the cost of one call per branch per association; there will be a cost associated with adding additional lines (a number of people can be on one line if using a speakerphone). You must notify Jeff by March 11 if you wish to participate.


2-19-2006 • Pebble Beach, CA School to be run by National Piping Centre —

Attention Getter The Monterey Bay School of Piping has been taken over by Roddy Macleod and The National Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. This year it will now be held June 18th - 23rd (versus an August date like last year). The Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California will continue serve as the host location. Registration and information is available on the Piping Centre web site. In addition to four piping instructors, top instructors for Snare drumming and for Tenor/Bass will be offered. Michel d'Avenas bagpipe11@comacast.net, the USA contact, is also available to answer any questions.


2-8-2006 • AGM Voting Results Available —

Attention Getter A voting summary for the proposals for the 2006 AGM is now available.


2-6-2006 • ANAPBA News Page added to WUSPBA.org —

Attention Getter To support the ANAPBA agreement to inform all associations of happenings of interest to all associations—especially adjudicator trainings—we have added an ANAPBA News page to our main site menu.


2-5-2006 • WUSPBA E-mail addresses have changed! —

Attention Getter To eliminate spam in the future, the WUSPBA addresses have changed. Visit the Administration page to see the new addresses.


2-5-2006 • WUSPBA 2005 Champions Announced —

Attention Getter Aggregate Champions for the 2005 competitive season have been announced. Visit the 2005 Results page for a listing.


2-2-2006 • WUSPBA Rep Workshop at AGM —

Attention Getter Sue Altmeyer and Lise Nelson will be presenting a workshop on the WUSPBA Rep program on Sunday morning, February 5th at the AGM weekend.


1-19-2006 • To all person's receiving Adjudicator Dues Renewal Notices! —

Attention Getter If you are a judge: only one membership type is required per WUSPBA Bylaws. So, renew as a Soloist OR a Judge, but not both!

You must renew as a soloist if you are planning on competing in a WUSPBA sanctioned contest in 2006 OR in an ANAPBA-sponsored contest and using WUSPBA as your "home" association.

All judges who register as a soloist are granted adjudicator privileges.

regarding voting rights and training in addition to soloist benefits.

If you've already sent in your 2006 solo renewal, you DO NOT need to send in your adjudicator notice. If you haven't sent either, use the adjudicator form and indicate JUDGE or SOLOIST as the membership type and include the appropriate fee ($25 for soloist, $20 for adjudicator).

If you have any questions, please contact Elaine at registrar@wuspba.org.


1-3-2006 • Drum Major Judges List Updated —

Attention Getter The list of drum major judges has been updated. Please direct any questions to the Music Board.


1-2-2006 • Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2005 has been updated.The Registrar is still waiting for the Rio Rancho results. If you have any questions regarding results, please contact the Registrar.


12-28-2005 • Revised Proposed By-Laws & Contest Rule Changes —

Attention Getter Proposed By-Laws changes web page has been updated to reflect the final version that was mailed out. Please read the proposals.


12-22-2005 • Proposed By-Laws & Contest Rule Changes Now Available —

Attention Getter A variety of changes to the By-Laws have been proposed and will be voted on at the 2006 AGM. Please read the proposals. In January, a "pros & cons" discussion will be made available as well.


12-22-2005 • Draft 2006 Events Calendar Posted —

Attention Getter The Events page is now a draft listing for 2006. Please contact the webmaster with corrections and/or confirmation of dates.


12-18-2005 • Piping & Drumming Judges List Updated —

Attention Getter The list of judges has been updated. Please direct any questions to the Music Board.


12-15-2005 • Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2005 has been updated to include the Flagstaff results.If you have any questions regarding results, please contact the Registrar.


12-14-2005 • Solo Membership Renewals are Mailed —

Attention Getter Solo renewals were mailed December 14, 2005. If you don't get yours—and are expecting one!—by December 31, please contact the Registrar. (Or your can just print off a form from the Membership Page.) Band renewals should go out this weekend, followed by judges' and associates' renewals early next week.


12-09-2005 • Solo/Band Membership Renewals Going Out —

Attention Getter 2006 solo renewals are scheduled to go out this weekend to addresses on file, so if you haven't been getting any WUSPBA mailings, you should check that your address is correct. Or if you've moved, please notify the registrar of your new address. Also, band renewals will be going out the following week.


12-08-2005 • David Darrel Barclay 1929 ~ 2005 —

Attention Getter David Darrel Barclay, 76, passed away Monday, December 5, 2005, in Salt Lake City, Utah, due to heart failure. David married Marie Haws, January 19, 1953, and later divorced. They had three sons, David, John and Jim. He married Virginia Kay Seiter January 12, 1971 and added another son, Bruce. At the age of seven, David learned to play the bagpipes at his grandfather's knee demonstrating a natural ability. He loved playing the pipes, it was the light of his life, and passed this heritage on to all of his children, grandchildren and many others. He was a life long member of the Utah Pipe Band. He was instrumental in forming the Utah Scottish Association and served as President and in numerous other leadership positions in this organization. We extend our condolences to his family and many friends.


12-06-2005 • Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter Our Registrar Elaine Hoffman has again brought the contest results for 2005 up to date with what she has been provided.

Registrar is still waiting for:

  • All results from the Flagstaff, MacDonald, and Rio Rancho venues.
  • Remaining paperwork:  DM results from Sacramento, DM from Pleasanton Day 1 Adult and any Juvenile DM events, if any held either day at Pleasanton.

If you have any questions regarding results, please contact the Registrar.


10-31-2005 • Annual General Meeting lined up for February 3-5, 2006. —

Attention Getter The 2006 AGM is set! We will meet at the Clarion Hotel and Suites Las Vegas (Emerald Springs) at 325 East Flamingo Road. Games sponsors and the Executive Committee will meet on the evening of Friday, February 3rd at 7:30—all are welcome. The business meeting and elections will be held on Saturday, to be followed by a reception at the hotel. Sunday will feature at least two workshops, one by Campbell Naismith to bring us up-to-date on changes in the RSPBA, and one to address stewarding and the role of the Chief Steward/WUSPBA Representative. Exact times, presenters and subject matter to be announced. Rooms at the hotel are at the same low rate of $89 + a 9% room tax for singles. We have a block of rooms reserved so get your reservations in now! January 2, 2006 is the cut-off date for this group rate. (This is Super Bowl weekend and we are advised that surrounding hotels will have significantly higher rates.) See you there!


09-28-2005 • Rio Rancho Games are on! —

Attention Getter The Rio Rancho has been rescheduled for October 15-16, visit our Events page for more information. (Not Rio Grande as accidentally posted by the webmaster for 22 hours.)


09-27-2005 • Judges List Updated Again —

Attention Getter The list of judges for 2005 has been revised again. Please direct any questions to the Music Board.


09-18-2005 • Judges List Updated Again —

Attention Getter The list of judges for 2005 has been revised since two days ago. Please direct any questions to the Music Board.


09-16-2005 • Judges List Updated —

Attention Getter The list of judges for 2005 has been updated. Please direct any questions to the Music Board.


09-04-2005 • Registrar Breaks Leg —

Attention Getter Elaine Hoffman, our registrar, broke her leg this morning. Expect delays while she is recuperating.


08-31-2005 • Contest Results Updated . . . Again! —

Attention Getter Our Registrar Elaine Hoffman has been hard at work and has brought the contest results for 2005 up to date with what she has been provided.

Our Registrar is still waiting on:

  • All results from Northern Arizona (Flagstaff) - July.
  • All results from CUIS Festival (Denver) - July.
  • Summary paperwork for DM results from Sacramento Valley Games (Woodland) - April.


08-29-2005 • Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2005 has been updated again. Fourteen venues now listed.


08-26-2005 • Contest Results Updated —

Attention Getter The contest results for 2005 has been updated. Queen Mary, San Diego, Bakersfield, Ft. Collins, Colorado Scottish Festival, Jackson Hole are now official.


08-17-2005 • Results of WUSPBA Members in Scottish Competitions —

Attention GetterA number of WUSBPA bands travelled to Scotland to compete at the various venues, including the Worlds. Results specific to WUSPBA sucesses are available.


07-25-2005 • Word & Music eNewsletter Test Message Sent —

Attention GetterThose people who indicated in the past they preferred an e-newsletter version of Words & Music should have received a preliminary test e-mail message from the Registrar. If you are one of these individuals and have not yet received the test message, please contact the registrar ASAP.


07-16-2005 • Monterey Games Solo Contest Event Change —

Attention GetterThe Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival's Grade IV Slow March and Grade IV 2/4 March have been rescheduled to Saturday, August 6th (from Sunday, August 7th).


07-15-2005 • John Rosenberger has Passed Away —

Attention GetterJohn Rosenberger, co-founder the Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band of San Diego and father of Charlie and Malcom Rosenberger, passed away the morning of Friday, July 15, 2005. He had developed kidney failure as a complication of diabetes. After serving in WWII, John started the Camerons and taught piping to hundreds, if not thousands, and was a solid fixture in the San Diego Scottish Community. We extend our condolences to his family and many friends.


07-05-2005 • Band List Updated —

Attention GetterThe WUSPBA Bands list has been updated. Please check your band's entry and contact the Registrar with any corrections or questions regarding membership details.


07-05-2005 • Registrar Catching Up —

Attention GetterOur Registrar, Elaine Hoffman, apologizes for the delay in getting out solo registrations and updated band rosters. She's been busy helping her mother move from her home of 40+ years. Elaine should be caught up in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.


07-04-2005 • Contest Results Updated —

Attention GetterThe contest results for 2005 has been added and now includes Queen Mary, Arizona Scottish, Fort Collins for which the results have been officially certified by the registrar. [Results database output corrected 07/05/05.]


06-28-2005 • Webmaster Change —

Attention GetterKevin MacHeffner has stepped down after a number of great years as WUSPBA Webmaster. Andrew Lenz (who may be familiar to some for his BagpipeJourney.com reference site) has assumed responsibilities for maintaining the WUSPBA website. Please notify our new webmaster immediately any if you notice any issues as a result of this transition. Andrew says he is also accepting suggestions to improve the WUSPBA site's usability.

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